Saturday, May 15, 2010

Lemonade Stand

157. What constitutes the makings of a successful Lemonade Stand? When my daughter and her friend came up with the exciting plan to have a Lemonade Stand today, I was a bit skeptical.
I stated to them emphatically, "People going to the beach don't take money with them...and people walking their dogs around the neighborhood don't carry their wallets either." My plan was to discourage them from the task...secretly knowing that my efforts would be required. But, I gave in and the girls set up their Lemonade Stand. They rolled out a cart, mixed up lemonade in a pitcher...scavenged for cups and made an adorable sign. Just watching their excitement was enjoyable.

I was unsure how they would do until the neighbors walked over and laid down $3.00 for 3 cups of lemonade. They were so excited, they ran in the house to announce they had made their first sale.

Now, Queen Martha would have besmirched this feeble effort because the cups were Christmas cups and a few purple cups from Easter. The lemonade was a mix poured into water and the sign was hand drawn. She would not have used anything but fresh Meyer lemons picked from a lemon tree in the backyard and hand squeezed for freshness. Mixed in a newly purchased pitcher that matched the cups impeccably. With a large sign made from grade-A paper using a very bold font. And the children would have matching outfits to compliment the impeccably matching cups and pitcher which holds the freshly squeezed lemon juice from Meyer lemons picked from the lemon tree in the backyard.

I'm so glad you can have fun and exercise your entrepreneurial spirit even when nothing is perfectly matched!

The girls had a blast! And the lemonade was delicious!! There was also a car that pulled up, and a lady stepped out only to hand them a $5.00 bill for two cups of lemonade! She said, "Keep the change girls."
They had to make 2 batches and replenish the ice several times.
When the customers would taper off, the girls would revert to wrestling or running around the lemonade stand.
But when the 2 hours of shouting, "Fresh, Ice-cold Lemonade and Water Here", "Don't Miss It", "Fresh Lemonade Today ONLY", the girls emptied their pockets onto the table
and the day's intake totaled $20.47!
Not bad for a spur-of-the-moment thought. And, they had fun!

Great job girls!

"You have not lived a perfect day,even though you have earned your money,
unless you have done something for someone who will never be able to repay you."
~ R. Smeltzer

5 comments:

Beedeebabee said...

What an adorable post about two adorable girls! ... The Martha reference was so funny! xo

Esther said...

Great idea, girls. Could be a profitable summer job and those beach goers to have cash!!

Stephani said...

How fun! Thanks for sharing this delightful post!

Vicki said...

Hi! I love your blog because 1. I don't cook that well so I like blogs with recipes and pictures so that "maybe" it can help me as I go along and try (though I am a fab baker!), and 2. Tyler Florence is pictured on your blog, as he is my food network crush! :) mmmmm.

Linda said...

Hey, this Martha thinks this is wonderful!! :)

I love the photos you took as well - it's fun to capture the girls having fun when they don't know you're watching them, lol. I've done this with my own daughter and her friends, looking out through my kitchen window, and it's priceless.

Precious times indeed.

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